Workers Health & Safety Centre

WHSC releases Version 4.0 of Hazards of Personal Protective Equipment

WHSC releases Version 4.0 of Hazards of Personal Protective Equipment
The Workers Health & Safety Centre recognizes that while the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is not normally the first line of defense against workplace hazards, there are circumstances when other options for hazard control are not possible. For these instances it is important that workers receive training and information concerning, among other things, the correct type of PPE, proper fit and appropriate use. To this end we offer our three-hour Hazards of Personal Protective Equipment training program designed to provide participants with information about PPE use in various work environments.
Version 4.0 of the training program is the newly revised issue. Significant changes are outlined below.

Participant’s Manual

  • Principles of Controls, one of the core elements of any workplace health and safety program, has been added at the beginning of the module.
    Note: the WHSC has identified three topics as “core elements”. The other two are the Workplace Program and the Policy and Program. Where core elements are included in a module, there is an option to deliver them based on whether the module is the first in a sector stream or is delivered as a stand-alone.
  • The section on Types of Personal Protective Equipment has been updated as follows:
    1. The segment on hard hats now includes information from the Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) Standard Z94.1-05, Industrial protective headwear – Performance, Selection, Care and Use.
    2. Information has been added to address PPE for workers exposed to hazardous conditions during roadway work, and also for those potentially exposed to arc flash.
    3. Information on fit testing of respirators has been updated to include when and how often fit testing is required.
    4. The workplace noise control segment has been updated to reflect the lowered decibels required by law. Also now included are conditions that should trigger the implementation of a hearing conservation program, plus the components of such a program. For selection of hearing protection devices the program references CSA Standard Z94-2-02 (R2007, Hearing Protection Devices – Performance, Selection, Care and Use).
    5. Examples of PPE specific to health-care workers have also been included.
  • A section addressing Policy and Program has been added. Instructors should exercise the delivery option and address only if required .
  • The Workplace Strategies section has been re-named Workplace Program. It has also been edited to be applicable to a PPE-specific workplace program.
  • The Legislation section has been reworked to include relevant sections from all four sector regulations, as well as from other regulations under the Act. These include the Designated Substances Regulation which lists the requirement for respiratory equipment and the PPE section from the Confined Spaces Regulation.
  • The 17 resources sheets contained in Version 3.0 have been deleted. Version 4.0 has 12 new resource sheets containing up-to-date information and resources such as new legislation and standards.

Instructor Notes

  • The action objective and learning objectives have changed to reflect new content.
  • As indicated, the module now begins with the Principles of Control section. As a core element, this topic is delivered if the participants have not previously completed Basic Certification, and if this is the first module of a stream, or is being delivered as a stand-alone module.
  • Previously there were four worksheets completed altogether at the very end of the program. Those worksheets have been deleted.
  • The section on Types of Personal Protective Equipment is now discussed through a new worksheet of the same name. This is a fairly long and comprehensive worksheet. Related questions are best divided amongst buzz groups. If possible, they should be distributed according to the PPE needs of participants. A few “Notes to Instructor” have been inserted with answers where the instructor is required to cover key issues or topics. The last two questions are specifically for any health care workers in the group. They address types of PPE required for tasks such as drawing blood, suctioning oral secretions and for protection from infectious droplets.
  • The video Dressing the Part remains in Version 4.0 but is now shown after the break, followed by a discussion on Policy and Program. Again as a core element this is addresses only if required.
  • The new section addressing the PPE- specific Workplace Program is addressed in a whole group discussion with the aid of overhead #13 entitled, Elements of a PPE Program and resource sheet #11, entitled, Examples of a PPE program Checklist. Participants are asked to provide examples from their workplaces.
The legislation section is addressed with information contained in the Participant’s Manual and with overheads #14 to #18. These five overheads all address different ppe-related standards.